ANNOUNCEMENTS - TODAY!
WØTLM will have a vendor table at the PPRAA MegaFest on July 16th. The WØTLM club has started a signup list for volunteers. Please contact KØTRD – Tricia, if interested in volunteering to man the table. The club is offering to reimburse the $5 admission cost for any member who wants to work the vendor table for an hour. MegaFest hours will be 8:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. (although the event begins to wrap up after 12:00 when the door prizes are announced). Vendors can enter at 6:00 a.m. to set up. We’ll circulate a schedule closer to the event so anyone interested can sign up. Many thanks to those of you who want to participate.
Club Meeting July 18, 2022 -
Topic: 7:30 to 9:00 PM All Things Amateur Radio from Emergency Prep and Nasa on the Air (NOTA)
Description: Speaker: Desiree Baccu, N3DEZ, Administrative Specialist for the Office of the Center Director - NASA Ames Research Center. Desiree, a recent transplant to Colorado, is already active on the Colorado Federal Executive Board serving as Vice Chair for their Emergency Preparedness Council. She is currently serving as Co-Chair of the NASA On The Air (NOTA) 2022 event. Come and hear her enthusiasm for all things Amateur Radio.
August 5 to 8, 2022
Friday to Monday
Amateur Radio operators from around Colorado will be climbing many of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains and Summits On The Air (SOTA) peaks to set up amateur radio stations in an effort to communicate with other radio amateurs across the state and around the world. Join in on the fun during the annual event and see how many of the mountaintop stations you can contact. Be aware that many mountaintop activators will hit the trail early with the goal of being off the summits by noon due to lightning safety concerns.
This event is normally held the first full weekend in August. Following up on the success of the 10-day W0C SOTA event in 2021, in 2022 we will add two bonus days to the Colorado 14er Event. The main two days remain Saturday and Sunday (Aug 6 & 7), while the bonus days are Friday Aug 5 and Monday Aug 8th, for those SOTA enthusiasts that need more than two days of SOTA fun!
The 14er event includes Summits On the Air (SOTA) peaks, which includes over 1800 summits! If you aren’t up to climbing a 14er, there are many other summits to choose from (with a wide range of difficulty). See the W0C SOTA web page at w0c-sota.org.
Club Meeting August 15, 2022 -
Topic: (via Zoom):7:30-9:00 - Node Red as a shack accessory.
Description: Speaker: Kyle Krieg, AAØZ, Kyle is a YouTuber creating Ham Radio content on a wide variety of topics. Over the past year he has done numerous videos on Node-RED, a programming tool for wiring together hardware devices (think radio gear) in new and interesting ways. He'll share with us how Node-RED can easily be used as a shack accessory or to integrate a remote operating capability. Only basic software skills are required to get started!
Club Meeting September 24, 2022-
The WØTLM Picnic will be on Saturday, 9/24 at Black Forest Regional Park, Pavilion #2. This will be in place of our September club meeting.
Please note that this is not the same as Fox Run Regional Park. It might be fun to have a fox hunt in conjunction with the picnic. Contact KØTRD – Tricia, if you would like to organize the fox hunt or help with the picnic.
Upcoming Events for WØTLM:
We have been asked to provide support for the annual Run 4 Hope Charity 5K, Saturday, September 17th. We will need several volunteers with HT's to help run communications on the day of the event. It's a great chance to practice participating in an emergency net while supporting our community. KØTRD – Tricia will act as the net control station. This is a 5K color run sponsored by the Ascent Church in Monument that raises money to fund anti-suicide programs in local schools.
Weekly Net. We need volunteers !!!
To act as the net control station during our weekly net. Please volunteer. If each member of the club would take one net per year, we would have every net covered.
July 18 - NO NET _ Club meeting Night
July 25 - NØOLD - Dan
August 1 - KIØFIY - Carol (First timer help her out)
August 8 - Need a Net Control
August 15 - NO NET -EYE-BALL QSO/Club meeting Night
August 22 - Need a Net Control
August 29 - Need a Net Control
Our thanks to those who are volunteering to serve as Net Control Operators. We always need Net Control Operators, so please volunteer. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve your on-the-air skills. It is easy to sign up, just go to the Net Control signup page at the Club's website and follow the instructions. There is a simple script on the same page , bottom of the page, that is easy to follow. Info on the NØXLF and KØNR repeater can be found on that page as well.
If you are into HF nets check this out: NetScraper
If you have an interest in Digital Radio nets (locally) check out the Skyhub Link System nets - they support a digital learning net on Wednesdays on all the digital outlets, DMR, Fusion, Dstar, Allstar, etc. even the strictly analog user can find a way to listen as well as radio challenged hams can use Echolink on your computer to connect.
Next check out the Colorado Repeater Association and the Colorado Connection system for nets.
Solar Flare Alerts: Sign up for Space Weather Alerts and get instant text notifications when solar flares are underway. There are numerous sites and ways to check and see where and what the chances are of that great contact. One to check is W5MMW solar site info Check it out. Also this site provides solar data NØNBH.
Local Educational Events.
Check out our own website club presentations - WØTLM Presentations. We have a tremendous array of presentations on numerous subjects. If you find one that you need more info on just contact the Elmering crew below.
Elmering (the best way for local Educational help) . We have a team of volunteers providing help to those who request assistance. If you need help with anything, please reach out - firstname.lastname@example.org. . Our Google Groups email system is also great for this purpose. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it - and remember: There are no stupid questions. If you have more than a question or two or would like to be paired with an Elmer, please let us know and we'll do our best to connect you with someone who can help you. Contact email@example.com.
The online educational events scheduled by RMHAM: nothing more till Fall?
RMHAM Past Presentation Videos Available Past presentation and class videos are available if you cannot make it to the classes. Upcoming 2021-2022 RMHAM University classes and Tech Talks are listed at: https:// www.rmham.org/rocky-mountain-ham-university/. Presentations are free, and classes (not Tech Talks) have the option of in-person as well as zoom attendance.
ARRL's new Learning Center has been launched. The ARRL has increased the offerings under this program, so please look at the expanded list of offerings. This Center will host a wide selection of training courses, webinar recordings, and instructional materials. In relation to their Learning Center, check out the FREE ARES Learning items, if you ever want to do Public Service Communication, this is a good place to start.
Best of the best for New Hams. The ARRL has just implemented YouTube videos for the ARRL Handbook Keep an eye on them as new ones come out. If you are an ARRL member don't forget to check out the digital versions of the publications.
More items of interest for the list: CW Academy classes. Great way to learn and progress with Morse code. The CW Academy link is: https://cwops.org/cw-academy/cw-academy-options/
I think NØOLD - Dan, put a post out about this but worth adding here? Morsle
Hey, this is a pretty neat little program, like Wordle but with CW, a different word every day.
In morsle: The daily Morse Code challenge, you have 21 tries to guess the word, which will be played out loud in Morse Code. You can also go to practice mode for unlimited words or callsigns.
Ham Fests / Conventions coming up:
2022 D.R.C. (Denver Radio Club) Hamfest! Sunday, August 28th, 2022, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, CO 80601
View Location Map
Talk-In on 145.49- 100Hz. tone; and 448.625- 100 Hz. tone
Hourly Door Prizes – Main Drawing at Noon (Must be present to win) Admission: Only $6.00 (Children under 13 are free with a paid adult).
Exact Change is Appreciated! Sellers' Tables: $13.00 if received prepaid by Aug. 21st, or $20.00 at the door - if any tables are still available.
(Sellers may start setting up at 7:30 am, Aug. 28th) Click Here for the Hamfest Flyer (in Adobe PDF file format) Click Here for the Sellers' Table Reservation Form (in Adobe PDF file format) Click here for the proposed Table Layout Plan. (in Adobe PDF file format) This layout is subject to change prior to the hamfest. On-Line Purchase of Seller's Tables is Now Available. Click here for On-Line Purchasing
(AARC) Alamagordo Amateur Radio Clubs 36th Annual Hamfest - Sept 3, 2022
Free admissions, Door prize drawings through out the day (donations from local and Ham related vendors) Food Wagon on site for morning brew, eats and lunch (support your local vendors) Plenty of parking at the Otero County Fairgrounds, no RV hookups, dump station on site.
AARC is also looking for items to be donated as door prizes throughout the event "Give a big thank you to those who donated for our past Hamfests ." You keep us afloat We would like to list your logo on our website to show donor support and advertise you during the event Main prizes and Ht drawings are purchased by the club, must be present for all except 1st prize: 1st IC7300, 2nd FTM 100 or equal, 3rd DJ-MD5XTG, 4th power supply, HT FT65r or equal)
We are also looking for folks/groups who would like to do short presentations at our event.
Testing will be conducted on site around 1pm-ish
For more info contact: KI5RUS - Russell Jaskolowski, 1107 Hendrix Ave, Alamogordo, NM 88310
AARC mail box is; AARC, Hamfest 2022, PO BOX 1191, Alamogordo, NM 88311-1191
ARRL Rocky Mtn Div Convention
Start Date: 10/07/2022 End Date: 10/09/2022
Location: Archer Event Center
3967 Archer Parkway, Cheyenne, WY 82009
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Sponsor: SHYWY Amateur Radio Club and Sweetwater Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.94 PL 100
Public Contact: Rick Breininger , N1TEK
11 E 2nd North St Green River, WY 82935
NOTE: It is my understanding that a ROWH Ceremony will be held on the 8th!
REQUEST For Presentations:
From: ROBERT W RENNARD
Subject: 2022 ARRL Rocky Mtn Div Convention
The subject gathering will be held at the Laramie County Events Center east of Cheyenne in Archer on Saturday, October 8, 2022.
Some related activities will be happening on the day before and the day after.
I am looking for potential speakers for the Saturday forums. Any topic will be considered.
Please ask any potential speaker in your club to contact me directly with the topic they would like to present and even better with a summary.
If you have one, please post this request to your club message board or reflector.
You may also know other operators who have interesting projects, interests or skills that you can identify directly. RSVP.
Thank you, 73,
Bob Rennard – N7WY
Another place to check for HamFests: ARRL Hamfests and Conventions
Do you need to swap, sell or buy something locally before the swap fest? two of the areas long running swap lists are available by email weekly. You can sign up for the Aurora swaplist at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another one is the Colorado Repeater Assoc. Swap list and you can check it out and or sign up at email@example.com. it is also read out on Sunday Mornings on their repeaters.
Tips, Tricks, Projects -
Do you know anything about HandiHam? if not check this out: Visit the Courage Kenny Handiham Program website for more details on membership, to listen to the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World E-Letter, to check out what’s happening on the Handiham Radio Club Nets, or to apply to become a program volunteer.
Are you that ham? The one that needs to be a volunteer? The one that has some great projects? Doing things no one else is doing or at least they might find interesting? Did you go to Hamvention? Do you have a story about Hamvention? Let us know.
Sending out a request to see if there are any other ROWH (Royal Order of the Wouff-Houng) members in the area. One of my coveted awards is selection into the order. I understand that the upcoming ARRL Rocky Mtn, Division Convention (see above) will be holding a session for induction of new members of the ROWH. You should plan to attend! Go to their Registration page to sign up for the 10PM SPECIAL CEREMONY.
Note from the Leadship: “We noticed at the last couple of meetings that many of our newer members don’t have name/call sign badges. We encourage you to get one using our badge vendor, Hamstuff by W7NN. The contact information is on our website at https://w0tlm.org/store. You will also find contact information for Monarch Merchandising at that same link should you be interested in shirts and jackets."
We have a full station to loan out so check that page link. Check the club webpage WØTLM - Equipment - CacheEquipment Loan Program.
Zoom Invitation/Link for the Next Monthly Club Meeting. The link for the next monthly Club meeting and presentation (but not for Connect Time) is in the weekly email. Connecting should be as easy as clicking the link. If you have your Zoom account set up you should be prompted to open your Zoom app. If you don't have a Zoom account, you will be prompted to permit Zoom to download. Once it has been downloaded, you will click the prompt to join the meeting. ZOOM HAS UPDATED ITS SETTINGS AND YOU MAY NOW BE PLACED IN A "WAITING ROOM" BEFORE JOINING THE CALL. PLEASE BE PATIENT, WE WILL BE WORKING TO MINIMIZE THE WAITING. Please check the lower left hand corner of the display to confirm that the video does NOT have a red line through it. Please also confirm that the microphone does have a red line through it. If you do not have a camera and microphone on your computer, you may still observe and listen in. The steps are the same, except you do not need to adjust your microphone and camera. Finally, please change your "screen name to reflect your first and last name and call sign. We use this to determine who is attending.
Club Support we take no dues but depend on donations and other means of building and keeping our operating budget so check out the website at WØTLM - About Us on how you can help.
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Club officers and Committee heads:
Pres -KØTRD – Tricia
Vpres -KØNR – Bob
Sec/Tres -KØBE – Barbara
NewMember Welcome -NØOLD – Dan
Class/Training/Tests -WØSTU – Stu / KØNR – Bob
Presentations -KEØHz – Loren
Net -KZØQ – Stephen
Website -KZØQ – Stephen
Equip. Loaner -KØCHP - Chip / WØSTU – Stu
Social Media -KDØYMC – Robert
ARES Liaison -AE5OQ – Armstead
Elmer Team - Larry (NØAMP), Tim (K4RA), Robert (KDØYMC) ,
Greg (WØGAS), Loren (KEØHz), Rex (WDØAJG).
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